Sharon Louise Tracey, 91, our beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, June 16, 2023 with family by her side. Her last week was filled with visits from family and friends. She knew she was loved and cherished.
Sharon was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Donovan Willis & Vera Ione (Blakeley) Long on August 20, 1931. Sadly, Vera passed away in 1939 leaving a big void in Sharon’s life. Sharon gained a step-mother when her father, Don, married LaVonne Francis Smith in 1945. Sharon married George David Kuntz on March 27, 1954 and they had five children together. Sharon was a dedicated wife, mother, homemaker and an excellent cook.
Always the adventurer, Sharon moved to Sunnyvale, CA in 1979 and on November 24th of that year married Alfred “Dale” Tracey. Once again, she made life-long friends there and enjoyed all the Bay Area had to offer including hiking in the mountains and taking in the beautiful scenery. She continued working in office management until she retired to Boise, Idaho in 1995. She loved her time in Idaho but returned to Fort Wayne in 1998 to be near her Indiana family. In 2014, she moved to Estero, Florida to escape the harsh Indiana winters and once again made a multitude of new friends and became “mom” to even more people.
Sharon made her final move in 2018 to Eagle, Idaho where she met yet more new friends and acquaintances. To say Sharon will be missed is an understatement. Knowing that she is dancing in heaven, set free from the physical limitations of her earthly body, brings her family and friends much comfort.
Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Vera Long; her father and step-mother, Don & LaVonne Long; her husband, Dale Tracey; her brother, Richard Allen Long; and step- brother, J. Bradford Long. She is survived by her children, Robin C. Stafford, Fort Wayne, IN; David S. Kuntz, Fort Wayne, IN; Kristi L. Vincent (Kelly), Eagle, ID; Robert G. Kuntz, Estero, FL and Amy L. Sebring (Rod), Fort Wayne, IN; 11 grandchildren, 4 great- grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Sharon became “mom” to multitudes of people throughout her life because of her fun- loving, caring, and generous nature. She had a smile that would light up a room. She was a storyteller, jokester, adventurer, animal lover and a talented artist. She endured many physical limitations later in life and faced each challenge with fortitude, strength and perseverance.
A memorial service is being planned in Fort Wayne, Indiana for family and close friends.